The full-length cartoon feature Aloha, Scooby Doo! waves goodbye to the classic Scooby style I love so well. Sigh.
Watching the gang's excursion to Hawaii made me want to hunt down the Brady three-parter when THEY go to Hawaii to get a much better "special episode" of an old fave. This Scooby feature was, for starters, about a half-hour too long, and could have been condensed to keep a better pace. The Wiki Tikis were pretty cool, but there wasn't enough time with the Scooby Gang being chased by them and their leader, because then it would have just been an hour and fifteen minutes of the gang being chased. So a whole lot of silly filler was put in. And the chase scenes themselves lacked the goofy tricks of the usual Scooby Gang chases, and were accompanied by a cheesy take on surf rock tunes. And talking about music, the opening song was just horrendous. It was some sort of Hawaiian vocal tune (probably sung by Don-ho, since he's listed as singing in the cast). It accompanied this scenic nature animation featuring birds and fish that made me feel like I was watching the Disney, not the Doo. And totally missing was the laugh track! The classic Scooby laugh track. The void was gaping. And at one point, the sound editor even tried to fill that void with a drum hit after a really bad joke! UGH! Even the cast seemed bored with this installment, and they're frickin' cartoons! The best parts of the show—for the right age group—were in-jokes about Gilligan's Island, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Batman (clever, considering Adam West does one of the voices). Then again, Scooby never had to rely on pop culture references before to keep me interested. I imagine kids who adore Scooby will be somewhat entertained, but I honestly think they will even feel that Scooby is just not up to snuff this time.
Voices include Adam West, Teri Garr, Mario Lopez, and even Mindy Cohn of The Facts of Life, who, little did I know, has taken on the voice of Velma!
HULA HULLA BALOOLA—in this 8 minute National Geographic feature, Scooby and Shaggy get stuck on an island and call a holographic boy named Kid Y for help. The hologram boy shows them the wildlife, geography, history, people and culture of Hawaii in film and cartoon clips.
THE WIKI TIKI TALE OF SCOOBY DOO—the voice cast talks about the legend, restating everything we learned watching the cartoon. We do get to go behind the scenes to see them recording their dialogue. How cool to FINALLY see Casey Kasem talking as Shaggy! 5 minutes.
AN EVENING WITH THE SCOOBY GANG—This was kinda funny. A 6 minute, mock "Actor's Studio" setup of the gang talking to a host in front of a "live audience.". There's even some Scrappy dissin'.
CASE OF THE FREAKY WIKI TIKI—Video game time! This is a side-scrolling platformer (as well as a few more gaming genres on the two levels that follow) you play with the remote for your DVD player. Simple stuff, meant for children, and pretty short. There are horrible pauses whenever you hit a key to perform an action. Not fluid at all.
LANGUAGES—you can choose from English, French or Spanish subtitles.
DVD ROM content—you are forced to install software, which includes a WB web brower, to access the goodies on the disc, which features some cool demos for point and click Scooby games, as well as links to a couple of WB Scooby-related sites.